Excellent first half goals from Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Heung-Min Son put us in a commanding position at half-time, with Son adding a fourth goal in the 55th minute to take us to within four points of league leaders Chelsea ahead of their game against Bournemouth later in the day.
It was our 11th successive home win in the top flight – equalling our third best-ever run and something we haven’t done since 1922 – while it also marked our sixth straight win in the division, matching our Premier League best.
It all started in the 33rd minute when Dele broke the deadlock with a magnificent curling strike from 28 yards, capping off a move which started inside our own six yard box!
Six minutes later we doubled our lead with another great goal as Dier cracked home a controlled drive from 20 yards, before Son rounded off a superb first-half team display when he curled in from a similar distance a minute before the interval, his 10th Premier League goal of the campaign.
The South Korean forward added his 11th in the second half when he volleyed home Kieran Trippier’s cross at the back post to make it 4-0. There was more good news just after the hour mark as Harry Kane came off the bench to make his return from injury and he hit the bar with the last kick of the game, capping off another great afternoon in glorious sunshine at the Lane!
Mauricio Pochettino made three changes from the team that started at Swansea City in midweek - Hugo Lloris for Michel Vorm, Trippier for Kyle Walker and Vincent Janssen for Moussa Sissoko. Kane returned to the squad and was on the bench after an ankle injury. We had to make a late change to our substitutes, Victor Wanyama dropping out after the warm-ups to be replaced by Josh Onomah. Former Spur Heurelho Gomes lined up in goal for the Hornets, while Etienne Capoue was on their bench, but Younes Kaboul missed out through injury.
WOODWORK: JANSSEN AGAINST THE BAR – 19mins
In the glorious early afternoon sunshine, both teams started brightly and there were good chances for the deadlock to be broken in the opening minutes. Jose Holebas curled a 25-yard free-kick up and over our wall but it was comfortable for Lloris, before Christian Eriksen played a pass in to Janssen inside the area, who turned his defender before getting a shot away which Gomes saved with his legs. Craig Cathcart poked wide at the back post from another Holebas free-kick and then Janssen was unfortunate on 19 minutes, getting on the end of Trippier’s excellent volleyed cross but the bouncing ball hit his chest and looped up onto the crossbar before being cleared.
GOAL: SPURS 1-0 WATFORD – DELE ALLI – 33mins
We started to take control of the game more, Eriksen forcing Gomes into a save low down to his left, before we opened the scoring with a truly stunning strike. The move started with Lloris inside his own six yard box and flowed through Eriksen and Trippier, who found Mousa Dembele with an excellent pass out of defence. He shrugged off Abdoulaye Doucoure and laid off to Son who in turn found Dele. He took one touch and hit a curling, looping shot from 28 yards which flew over Gomes and into the net.
GOAL: SPURS 2-0 WATFORD – ERIC DIER – 39mins
Shortly after the goal, Watford had claims for a penalty after Isaac Success went down under the challenge of Dier, but referee Anthony Taylor waved them away and moments later, it was our England midfielder who found the target at the other end. Son saw his shot from the left blocked but the ball rebounded nicely for Dier, who struck a fierce drive which flashed past Gomes.
GOAL: SPURS 3-0 WATFORD – HEUNG-MIN SON – 44mins
We were in no mood to sit back on the two goals and just before half-time, we added a third – and yet again it was a goal of real quality. This time it was Eriksen who led the charge forward, he found Son who ignored the run of Davies bursting through to his left and instead hit a low curling shot from 25 yards that nestled into the bottom corner to round off a superb 45 minutes.
GOAL: SPURS 4-0 WATFORD – HEUNG-MIN SON – 55mins
The second period began the same way the first finished, with us very much on top and we almost added a fourth when Jan Vertonghen burst onto Eriksen’s neat through ball and was in on goal, but the covering Daryl Janmaat denied him a shot. The Watford defender then fired wide at the other end before we did indeed make it 4-0. Eriksen threaded a ball down the right flank for Trippier whose deep cross was volleyed home at the back post by Son for his second of the game.
CHANCE: SON SPURNS HAT-TRICK OPPORTUNITY – 82mins
With the points in the bag at 4-0 up, Mauricio brought on Kane for his first appearance since injuring his ankle in our FA Cup win against Millwall a month ago and he was quickly in the thick of the action. He rounded Gomes, only to see his effort cleared off the line and then set up Son to complete his hat-trick with only Watford’s goalkeeper to beat, but he dragged his shot wide.
WOODWORK: SON AND KANE STRIKE THE GOAL FRAME - 84-90+3mins
With six minutes of normal time left, Son cracked a volley against the crossbar following Trippier's delivery from the right as we continued to dominate in the closing stages. The final chance of the game fell to Kane, whose 30-yard free-kick cleared the Watford wall but rattled the bar in the last action of the match.
MAURICIO POCHETTINO SAID
"It was an excellent win - I’m very happy, very pleased. The performance was fantastic and we feel very proud. From the beginning Watford were motivated to play well and showed good energy but from the moment we started to dominate the game we started to create chances and we fully deserved to win in the end. We’re in good momentum and that’s important - the belief is here in every player, the staff and throughout the club."
HEUNG-MIN SON SAID
"I wanted to score my first hat-trick in the Premier League! I’m a bit sad for that, of course, but very happy because it was a good win, an important three points and we deserved it. The first goal was important - before that we had problems, they had some shots, but when Dele scored a lovely goal it was easier for us. We then had space and chances to score."
Spurs (4-2-3-1): Lloris (c), Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele (Sissoko 74), Son (Onomah 88), Dele, Eriksen, Janssen (Kane 61). Substitutes (not used): Pau Lopez, Walker, Wimmer, Nkoudou.
Watford (3-4-3): Gomes (c), Mariappa, Cathcart, Holebas, Janmaat, Cleverley, Doucouré (Zuniga 59), Amrabat (Deeney 70), Niang, Okaka (Kabasele 84), Success. Substitutes (not used): Pantilimon, Capoue, Mason, Eleftheriou.
Goals: Spurs – Dele 32, Dier 39, Son 44, 55.
Yellow cards: Watford – Doucoure.
Referee: Anthony Taylor.
We’re back at White Hart Lane next weekend for another Saturday 12.30pm kick-off as we welcome Bournemouth to N17. At the start of this round of Premier League matches, Eddie Howe’s side were 13th in the table with 35 points and in their previous three away games, they drew with Liverpool (2-2), Southampton (0-0) and Manchester United (1-1). They also held us to a goalless draw at the Vitality Stadium earlier this season, but we will be looking for our 12th Premier League home win on the trot.